Episode 431: La Palina Black Label Robusto

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BACKGROUND: La Palina recently added the Black Label to its portfolio, a cigar purported to be the strongest La Palina blend to date. The line, which is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, sports a very dark and rustic Brazilian-grown Bahiano wrapper that covers a Dominican binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Said brand owner Paley, “The Black Label was another labor of love for La Palina, I am proud to be able to offer this exceptional blend.”

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The La Palina Black Label is presented in boxes of 20 and each stick will run you between $9 and $11.50 apiece. The Black Label was released in 4 sizes: the Petite Lancero (6 x 40), the Toro (6 x 50) the Gordo (6 x 60) and the cigar I’m featuring today, the 5 x 52 ring gauge Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone 2014 Velvet Merkin
Our libation of the week is Firestone 2014 Velvet Merkin. This is a very popular, yet hard to find, Oatmeal Stout from our friends at the local Firestone brewing company.

A total of 3,500 cases of 22-oz bottles were produced, with availability in select markets across the United States.

The Velvet Merkin weighs in at 8.5% ABV and at 33 on the IBU scale. It comes in 22-ounce bottles at a suggested retail price of $16.99 and there is some limited availability of the beer on tap.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST FOR NEXT 2 WEEKS. Stogie Fresh 5 will return again on January 11, 2015. We wish you all a great holiday season.
  • Doc talks about the recent craft beer and cigar tasting at The Boss Cigar shop in Arroyo Grande, California.
  • Doc discusses a new cigar brand: Sinistro Cigars.
  • News: U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it was expanding business, economic and political relations with Cuba.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Black Patch Kenbano
I first featured the Black Patch Kenbano Gran Toro in Episode 359 of the SF5 podcast, back on Sunday, April 28, 2013. These cigars have been aging a total of 1 year, 8 months and 29 days in my humidor.

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Firestone Brewing Co.
New boutique brand: Sinistro
U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it was expanding business, economic and political relations with Cuba

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